Washington D.C.


The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. has created a new position of Deputy Director of Development – Major Gifts as part of its strategic plan.

It’s the type of opportunity that doesn’t come along every day—the chance to help this preeminent Marian shrine and pastoral church be a witness of the Catholic faith to our nation for generations to come.

As a member of the senior development team, the Deputy Director will oversee and develop donor recognition structures for major gifts, stewardship strategies, and cultivation and solicitation practices. The Deputy Director will have the opportunity to help develop a major gifts program while cultivating a significant pool of active and long-time donors.This new position represents an exciting opportunity for a talented fundraiser and strategic thinker to develop an essential program for “America’s Catholic Church.”

The Basilica is seeking a faithful Catholic who consistently and publicly lives in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church. The salary is competitive.

Saint John Paul II, the first pope to visit the National Shrine, expressed its essence when he visited in 1979“This Shrine speaks to us with the voice of all America, with the voice of all the sons and daughters of America, who have come here from the various countries…When they came, they brought with them in their hearts the same love for the Mother of God that was characteristic of their ancestors and of themselves in their native lands. These people, speaking different languages, coming from different backgrounds of history and traditions in their own countries, came together around the heart of a Mother they all had in common.”

The Romanesque-Byzantine architecture and sacred art welcomes nearly one million visitors every year, is open 365 days a year, and offers masses and the sacrament of reconciliation daily. The Basilica contains the world’s largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art and more than 80 chapels and oratories honoring the Mother of God. This phase of development that the National Shrine is entering is full of promise and potential.

For more information, contact Nicole Rizkallah at nrizkallah@americanphilanthropic.com or 805-428-8191.